FSD Physical Education Staff Recognized at PHE Manitoba Awards Evening
PHE Manitoba hosts their annual Awards Evening at MTS Physical/Health Education Professional Development Day at College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate on October 19, 2017. Each year individuals are recognized for their commitment to Physical and Health Education in Manitoba. Frontier School Division had five people that were given awards for this commitment.
COALITION AWARD: Awarded to groups, companies, associations that promote the significance and importance of physical education/health education in Manitoba Schools.
This year’s recipient is Corporal Robert Daisley of the Cranberry Portage R.C.M.P Detachment.
The Detachment has helped promote physical activity and health by volunteering at many of the events hosted in Cranberry Portage by both Frontier Collegiate and Cranberry Portage Elementary. Whether volunteering at Frontier Games or coaching at the High School with the soccer team the Corporal continues to lead by example. FSD is proud to have this type of partnership with the RCMP and thankful for the support of our programs from Corporal Daisley. He would like to thank VP Bob Hemeon for the opportunity to coach soccer at the school this semester.
PHE MANITOBA MIDDLE YEARS AWARD: This most prestigious award honours physical educators/health educators who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the promotion of physical education/health education in the province of Manitoba. Each year the PHE Manitoba Award is presented to 3 outstanding physical educators/health educators; one in Early Years, one in Middle Years and one in Senior Years.
This year’s recipient is Dawn Tulk of Gillam School. Dawn has been working as a nursery to grade 8 physical education teacher at Gillam School for 5 years. She has also taught the Hockey Academy Course to grade 9-12 students. Dawn is greatly respected by the students at Gillam School. Many students, who were reluctant participants in Physical Education, have become members of sports' teams due to Dawn's care, inspiration and encouragement.
Dawn provides the students with many cultural opportunities. She offers the students various opportunities throughout the year to challenge themselves with a variety of Northern Games. The students love the opportunity to play games their ancestors once played. The gym is always filled with laughter and good sportsmanship.
She coaches a variety of sports school including volleyball, basketball, trap setting, snowshoeing, table tennis, floor hockey and soccer. She travels extensively with all of the teams and is often gone for the entire weekend.
Dawn is a well-respected community member. She helps organize community events such as the Kick the Cancer tournaments and Winter Carnival activities including a Road Hockey Rumble and Trapper's events such as pack races, sled races, snowshoeing, and trap setting. Recently, she organized a floor hockey tournament for the National Girls Hockey Day. In support of Frontier's health week, Dawn organized family sport nights to encourage physical activity as a family. There were parachute activities, sledge hockey, skipping activities and gaga ball.
REGIONAL RECOGNITION AWARD: This award is presented to individuals who provided leadership in their region by hosting workshops or area tournaments, developing outstanding programs, contributing to the community, etc. This year’s recipients are:
Shawn Oswald: Interlake Award Winner – Gypsumville School – Gypsumville
Principal and Physical Educator at Gypsumville School. A 20-year veteran of FSD he continues to be heavily active in Physical Education. Shawn continues to demonstrate leadership in his area by hosting a variety of events for his school and those others in the surrounding area.
Melissa Ferrar: Norman East Award Winner – HBOIERC – Norway House
Melissa hails from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She began her career with Frontier School Division in 2012, after completing her B.Ed at St. Francis Xavier University in N.S. She taught k-4 physical educational for two years, where she turned the program completely around. What was once a "gym class" had blossomed into a model P.E. setting.
After an opening became available in the grades 9-12 P.E./Health program, she moved up and continued to make vast improvements. Melissa embodies everything that is good in this profession. She is constantly seeking to her improve her skills as a teacher through professional learning, and in turn, her students reap the benefits of her efforts.
A champion of living a healthy lifestyle, she always practices what she preaches. Melissa has always has the best interest of her students, school and community at heart. She is passionate about her career and enjoys being part of the success at HBOIERC.
Brian McMillan (Mick) – Norman West Award Winner – Career Studies Department – Cranberry Portage
Mick is in his tenth year as PE Coordinator for FSD and began his career in 2000. He is responsible for the delivery of both the Frontier Games and High School Games. He is part of the staff that delivers First Aid CPR in the Division. He currently sits as a Board Member on both the Manitoba High School Athletics Association and the PHE Manitoba Boards. He is a former PE Teacher at CPE and FCI.
Congratulations to the Award Winners and continued success at our schools.
Submitted by: Brian McMillan (Mick) Phys. Ed Coordinator